One Chance
One Chance (2014)

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 10, 2014
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63%
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66%

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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Predictable and sentimental, yet thoroughly agreeable, One Chance is an unapologetic crowd-pleaser that achieves its admittedly modest goals.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The ho-hum story is hardly what you'd call grand opera.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

David Frankel's film reduces an extraordinary life to a predictable template of bullying, resolve, success, disappointment, and platitudes - a pattern repeated two or three times until the genuinely moving finale.

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Chris Knight
National Post

It's not a terrible film -- a crowd-pleaser, a toe-tapper, with appealing, sympathetic leads, it's no worse than anything else Frankel's made of late.

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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com

The goose bumps are undeniable. You may as well just give in.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

Delivers a screen version of Mr. Potts's life with straightforward crowd-pleasing instincts and more than a dollop of schmaltz.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

As sweet as the story is -- and as charming as James Corden is in the lead role -- it's mostly a safe, forgettable film steeped in a by-the-numbers blandness.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Feel-good stories feel good for a reason, and this one is practically operatic.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

There's never really terribly much at stake here, except the success of one chubby nerd with dreams of nailing Puccini's "Nessun dorma." But maybe that dream is enough.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The film trades in the hoariest of bio-pic cliches, but the music and Corden's performance can't be beat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
One Chance is pleasant, but it isn't innovative enough to make this different from a dozen other rags to riches stories you've already seen fifty… More
Panta Oz
I will say that One Chance is a British comedy drama, not just comedy as listed. It is a film about Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts, directed by… More
Cameron Johnson
"I gave you a chance to be a cop, and you ate it"-I mean, "you blew it!". Man, with this guy and then Susan Boyle, it would appear as though… More